I have finished Mass Effect 3, and I have got the perfect ending where:

1. Shepard lives
2. The Normandy is almost fine and is flying again
3. All the crew members are alive

Now, after the ending credits scene, the game automatically opened just before Priority: Cerberus Headquarter. Can anyone confirm if that is normal? I thought that I would be returned to the main menu.

What I expected according to what I read online is:

This ending is left opened on purpose. However, after Liara 'Shepard's romance' refused to place Shepard's name on the wall and looked to the deep, and after the Normandy launches, and after the scene where Shepard took a breath, and after some speeches from Admiral Hacket, and other scenes. Then come the credits and at last a message from BioWare Mass Effect team asking for a feedback. After all of that, the normal behavior is the game should take me to the main menu.

  • Just loaded my save game and did the credits. After final cutscenes, returned to main menu. Dec 28, 2016 at 5:08
  • @ShawnGordon so, what the hell is going on with my saves? and why after the credits I am not returning to the main menu? This might make a program with my character if there is a DLC or for another part of the game if any :( Dec 29, 2016 at 0:35
  • Are you able to reproduce this problem, as in, does this happen every time to you? Dec 29, 2016 at 0:39
  • I had a copy from the last autosave, that autosave is just before the Crucible. For your question, yes it happened again... Dec 29, 2016 at 17:45
  • What platform are you having this issue (i.e. PS3, XB, PC, etc.) Dec 29, 2016 at 18:25

2 Answers 2


Not normal.

After loading my game, finishing, and letting credits roll I was returned to main menu.

Considering you've done nothing that would prompt the game to loop you back to a save-state after credits, it appears you've found an odd glitch.

  • No, I didn't do anything at all, that is weird. Dec 28, 2016 at 20:30
  • What was the last saved game when you hit load game? Dec 28, 2016 at 20:31
  • I don't fully understand your question. Dec 29, 2016 at 0:38
  • I meant, if you opened the game right now and loaded the last saved game, what mission would it be? The one before the Crucible? O before the illusive man? Dec 29, 2016 at 16:36
  • Off the top of my head, right before I have to run into the Crucible. Dec 29, 2016 at 16:45

Playing on PS3, I've always been returned to the Normandy before the assault on Cronos Station, after finishing ME3. Never to the title screen. That's the point of No Return™ so it makes sense. It lets you go back and play DLCs, etc., without having to find an old save you may not even have.

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